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“Helen Trencher helped make our Members’ Premier of Africa: One Continent, Many Worlds Event a success!”

“Always, in her work as an educator, Helen is consistent and dedicated…She has incredible creative energies and she is able to establish a wonderful rapport with her students!”

— Denver Museum of Nature and Science

“Helen brings with her an energy that few musicians do. Our residents enjoy playing drums and various percussion instruments that Helen provides. It keeps them awake and alert not to mention brings smiles and gets their toes tapping.”

— Health Care Center at Franklin Park

“You have such a gift and the Polton first-graders were blessed to have had you share it with them.”

—Enrichment Contact for Polton Elementary

“Thank you for agreeing to be a part of the Storytelling Extravaganza … You presented a wonderful program … You truly made the story come to life with your vivid descriptions, body movements, and music.”

— Arapahoe Library District

“What a delight to have you participate with us in Vacation Bible School! Your drums were a perfect start to our week … The children seemed to really enjoy making music with you. I was very impressed with your interaction with the children and your ability to draw them into the experience with you.”

—Director of Educational Ministries for Arvada Presbyterian Church

“The Southwest Coalition on Aging extends our thanks and appreciation on your presentation and creative approach with music.”

—Southwest Coalition on Aging

“Your programs are always very popular with our young patrons. Your talent, knowledge, and professionalism really come through…!”

“The drum circle was a big hit! Helen did a great job of getting the kids and families involved.”

—The Denver Public Library

“…thank you one more time for your great presence on Story Time Radio. It is performers like yourself that helped Story Time Radio receive the Gold Mic for excellence.”

—Katy Little, Host, Story Time Radio; KRFC Fort Collins

“…Helen's drumming program was absolutely wonderful! She told great stories to the drum beat and every child got to play an instrument. She was a great addition to our Summer Reading Club Programs!" ”

—Stacy McKenzie, Program and Education Coordinator; Jefferson County Public Library

“…I just read through the patron evaluations of the Music of the Middle East program you presented to our patrons in August [2011]. I just wanted to make sure that you knew how much fun your audience had. The kids adored being able to participate in the music , touching the instruments and learning the beats. The parents said you were delightful and easy to follow. There were lots of "excellent" and "fun" comments from kids and parents I know that in the rush of getting everything set up, the performance and then getting things down and loaded in the car, there is not always an opportunity to feel the love from your audience. I just wanted to make sure that you knew how much our patrons enjoyed your presentation.”

—Donna Geesaman, Program Specialist; Arapahoe Library District

“…Everyone had a great time and now we have a basis for [African] drumming on our own You did a great job. I especially appreciated starting with the basics. We felt like we left with something to work with and there was talk about getting together to drum and have fun and having you come back.”

—Catherine McGuire, Actor

“…We thoroughly enjoyed the evening [International Women's Day] Celebration of Culture Thank you again for sharing your talents with us. We felt the event was a success.”

—Charlotte Otto, Creative Manager; Ten Thousand Villages [Denver, CO]

"Thank you so much for your delightful and entertaining program, 'Dream Big--Drum.' We all learned so much about various percussion instruments and enjoyed the opportunity to play them...Your style and manner of presentation was very effective, drawing out the reluctant or shy child to eventually participate...Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us, and we look forward to having you again."

—Nora Timmons, Children's Program Coordinator; Placitas [NM] Community Library

“…Going into this I was skeptical on how much this [Drum Call: Enhancing Team Performance through Rhythm Workshop] would apply to team building. But afterwards I'm really impressed by all I learned and can take away from this.”

—Volunteers of America Head Start

“…Although instruments were the method of communication, this class [Drum Call: Enhancing Team Performance through Rhythm] was really a conversation about working together and creating something which we would never have been able to accomplish individually.”

—Early Preschool Teacher; La Petite Academy

“…It was a very exciting workshop [A Teacher's Toolkit: A Grab Bag of Fun Rhythm & Movement Activities]. Hopefully the staff learned different methods of presenting music, making it interesting and exciting for the children.”

—Sandy Arnold, Director; La Petite Academy [Lakewood, CO]

Golda Meir Performance Testimonials

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